Things don’t always go according to plan.

My local MLS has lost 8% of it’s membership since the start of the year, and I would expect that number to continue to decline over the next year. Foreclosures…short sales…buy and bail…DAP’s gone…pick something and it is making being a real estate agent harder these days. I am having a good year this year,…

The thinning continues.

With the financial markets still under stress, two major forces in the world of real estate announced layoffs. Redfin, a Seattle based real estate company, is cutting 20% of its work force, and Zillow announced today that they were cutting 25% of its workforce. Just yesterday, I had looked to see how our local brokerages…

Thank you Mr. Contractor

Dear Mr. Contractor, I wanted to thank you for doing the repair work on the home that my buyers are purchasing here in Salem, OR. They are very excited about this house. I just wanted to make sure that you understood that in real estate transactions, the deal is between the buyer and the seller…

Landslide Hazards in Salem Oregon

On Wednesday in Portland a house slid down a hill about 300 feet, crashing into the house below it. Oregon has landslides every year due to our clay soil and rain. In this case, we haven’t had a lot of rain lately, but they think a broken sprinkler line or sewer pipe may be the…